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Splunk Inc.
Public company
Founded 2003
Founders Michael Baum, Rob Das and Erik Swan
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people
  • Michael Baum (founding CEO)
  • Rob Das (co founder)
  • Erik Swan (co founder)
  • Doug Merritt (CEO and President)
Products Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Light, Splunk Cloud, Hunk
Revenue US$949.95 Million (2016)
Number of employees
2800 (2016)
Website www.splunk.com

Splunk is an American multinational corporation based in San Francisco, California, that produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a Web-style interface.[1]

Splunk (the product) captures, indexes, and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards, and visualizations.[2][3]

Splunk's mission is to make machine data accessible across an organization by identifying data patterns,[4] providing metrics, diagnosing problems, and providing intelligence for business operations. Splunk is a horizontal technology used for application management, security and compliance, as well as business and Web analytics.[1] As of early 2016, Splunk has over 10,000 customers worldwide.[5]

Splunk is based in San Francisco, with regional operations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Michael Baum, Rob Das and Erik Swan co-founded Splunk Inc in 2003.[6] Venture firms August Capital, Seven Rosen, Ignition Partners and JK&B Capital backed the company.

By 2007 Splunk had raised 40 million USD;[7] it became profitable in 2009.[8] In 2012 Splunk had its initial public offering, trading under NASDAQ symbol SPLK.[9]

In September 2013 the company acquired Bugsense, a mobile-device data-analytics company.[10] Bugsense provides "a mobile analytics platform used by developers to improve app performance and improve quality". It supplied a "software developer kit" to give developers access to data analytics from mobile devices that it managed from its scalable cloud platform.[11] The acquisition amount was undisclosed.

In July 2015 Splunk acquired Caspida, a cybersecurity startup, for $190 million.[12]

In October 2015 Splunk sealed a "cybersecurity alliance" with U.S. government security contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. to offer combined cyberthreat detection and intelligence-analysis technology.[13]

According to Glassdoor, it is the fourth highest-paying company for employees in the United States as of April 2017.[14]


Splunk's core offering, Splunk Enterprise, collects and analyzes high volumes of machine-generated data. It uses a standard API to connect directly to applications and devices.[15] It was developed in response to the demand for comprehensible and actionable data reporting for executives outside a company's IT department.[16][17]

In 2011, Splunk released Splunk Storm, a cloud-based version of the core Splunk product. Splunk Storm offered a turnkey, managed and hosted service for machine data.[18] In 2013, Splunk announced that Splunk Storm would become a completely free service and expanded its cloud offering with Splunk Cloud.[19] In 2015, Splunk shut down Splunk Storm.[20]

In 2013, Splunk announced a product called Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop, which supports accessing, searching, and reporting on external data sets located in Hadoop from a Splunk interface.[21]

In 2015, Splunk announced a Light version of the core Splunk product, aimed at smaller IT-environments and mid-sized enterprises.[22]

In 2016, Google announced its cloud platform will integrate with Splunk to expand in areas like IT ops, security, and compliance.[23]



Splunkbase is a community hosted by Splunk where users can go to find apps and add-ons for Splunk which can improve the functionality and usefulness of Splunk, as well as provide a quick and easy interface for specific use-cases and/or vendor products.

Splunk apps and add-ons can be developed by anyone, including Splunk themselves.[24]

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  1. ^ a b "How Splunk Is Riding IT Search Toward an IPO — Tech News and Analysis". Gigaom.com. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ Start-Ups Aim to Help Tame Corporate Data, Pui-Wing Tam, Wall Street Journal, September 08, 2009
  3. ^ Woods, Dan (2011-01-06). "Business Intelligence and the Data Center". citoresearch.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ Central, CIO (2010-12-15). "How CIOs Should Be Helping Marketers". Forbes. 
  5. ^ "Splunk Inc. Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results". Splunk. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  6. ^ Data Center Search Party: ComputerWorld
  7. ^ Splunk search engine raises $25 million, IT PRO 12 Sep 2007
  8. ^ "IT search company Splunk reaches profitability". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  9. ^ Rusli, Evelyn (2012-04-19). "Splunk Soars as Investors Embrace Data Boom". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  10. ^ "Splunk Announces Agreement to Acquire BugSense". Splunk. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Splunk Acquires Bugsense". TechCrunch. 
  12. ^ "Splunk acquires cybersecurity startup Caspida for $190M". Venturebeat. 
  13. ^ "Angela Messer: Booz Allen-Splunk Cyber Alliance Blends Data, Experience". GovCon. 
  14. ^ Verhage, Julie (April 12, 2017). "These Are the Highest-Paying Companies in America". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  15. ^ Olavsrud, Thor (23 September 2015). "Splunk updates platform, adds monitoring and analytics services". CIO. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Franklin Jr., Curtis (16 October 2015). "SAP, Splunk Dashboards Aim To Satisfy Data Hunger". InformationWeek. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Darrow, Barb (13 January 2012). "Splunk IPO explained and why it matters". GigaOM. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Splunk Storm brings log management to the cloud". InfoWorld. 2012-08-28. 
  19. ^ "Splunk Announces General Availability of Splunk Cloud". Wall Street Journal Marketwatch. 2013-10-01. 
  20. ^ "Splunk Storm service end of life". 
  21. ^ "Splunk Spawns Hunk Hadoop Tool". Information Week. 2013-06-18. 
  22. ^ "Splunk announces lower cost light version of its log analyticsl". Infoworld. 2015-03-10. 
  23. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Google ramps up hybrid cloud security strategy with Splunk, BMC and Tenable partnerships". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  24. ^ Splunk. "Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual". Splunk. Retrieved 2016-07-03. 

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